Category Archives: Dicas

Automate your SQL Server Restore Tests with PowerShell, dbatools and PowerBI

Hello everyone,

At work, I got to do some really interesting stuff. What I like is they really give me the freedom to try things out. Ah, and if you wanna join us, we have a position to work with me, posted here:

There is a saying, which I don’t exactly remember, is that a backup is only a backup if you test the restore of the same. So, I was working on creating an automated way of restoring the backups of my production databases and give me some sort of reporting around it.

So, I did that work and it is running really fine with the structure that I have. Then, I had the idea to share what I did with the community, mainly because I rely on almost all of my work to dbatools, and without them I would have more trouble/work do, to get the same results.

I shared a screenshot on twitter as you can see below.

I got a few replies from people saying that they would like to see how it is done. So, in this blog post, I’ll explain you all the steps that I had to do, to obtain this result.

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[SCRIPT] – Listing Database Users and Roles

I am a fan of not reinventing the wheel. What that means? Well, If I need to do something, which usually involves creating a script, I try first to do a quick search on Google and see if someone already had this idea.

Looking at the title of the article you might say: Oh, that’s easily done with dbatools, which in fact it is true. However, my use case this time was a bit different than the conventional, because I want to expose that dynamically in my Python/Django Internal tool that exposes SQL Server through API’s, so the need for a TSQL script is imminent.

The goal result that I need is:


User Name User Type Create Date Roles
User001 SQL_USER 2018-09-10 14:00 db_datareader
User002 WINDOWS_USER 2018-01-01 13:00 db_datareader;db_datawriter;db_ddladmin

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Reporting Services Databases on Availability Groups

In my current job as a DBA, one of my missions is making everything as automated as possible and making sure that when things go wrong(trust me, they will), the applications that are using my environment can smoothly continue to run with less intervention possible.

You will make mistakes which is part of the job, learning from those mistakes is what makes you grow. Today I want to share with you a few tips that will make your experience with SSRS Databases and Availability Groups less painful. Read the rest of this entry

Changing the Job Owner, doesn’t change the Schedule Owner

One of the capabilities that we do offer to our developers is the ability for themselves to create SQL Server Agent Jobs in our DEV/TEST Environments, so they perform some of their work without the DBA to be involved.

To fullfil this requirement, we grant them the role SQLAgentUserRole, which pretty much does the job. They can create and schedule jobs and execute them. However, latelly one of our DEV’s changed his team and I had to transfer his SQL Agent Jobs to another DEV.

It turns out that when the DEV tried to edit the existing schedule he got the following message: The specified @schedule_id (‘ScheduleIDHere’) does not exist. Read the rest of this entry

Free Microsoft Flow + Twitter + SQL Server

Those days I was playing around with Microsoft Flow and have created some automation for a few things.

While playing with it the thing that I liked was the possibility to host workflows in a free account. So, if you have a live account you can pretty much use a ton of connectors and create your own workflows. You should check it out the plan offers in this link below and understand how you can use it.

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Visualizing the content of encrypted stored procedures

Probably you were a bit curious about it and decided to click here, right? This is a very recurrent question on Microsoft forums, where people who maybe by mistake encrypted all of the stored procedures, or maybe you support a 3rd party application and there is an particular stored procedure killing the performance of your server and you just wanna know what the same is doing?

Independent of what you want to do, let me show you here how can you manage to see the content of an encrypted procedure. Read the rest of this entry

Removing Databases from Availability Groups with Powershell

Those days at work I had to remove a bunch of databases from the Availability Groups and later drop them from the primary and secondary replicas. I know I could do the click, click and drop thing, but why not PowerShell? Read the rest of this entry

Synchronize Files and Folders using Powershell

Hello everyone!

Last week I was helping an Application Admin to Synchronize files and folders between Source and Destination Servers. The challenge was because some folders had really long hierarchies, so you could imagine something like this.


I would say that doing this for some files it is really ok, but for my case we are talking about of 10GB of data and around 4K folders in the root level. Basically, this was the solution that I was able to come up.
The script in in the Github link below.
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My Lightining Talk at SQL Saturday Vienna 2018


Hello everyone!

I just wanted to share that I will be presenting a Lightining Talk at SQL Saturday 679 in Vienna, Austria. I will have 10 minutes to present the following session.

Title: My 5 favorite Powershell Commands!

So, if you are planning to be in Vienna for the SQL Saturday, make sure to register yourself, as there are only a few spots available. Also, if you are a DBA, I would say that you really should be attending my Lightining Talk, because the commands that I am gonna show you will save your life.. or at least make it easier.

Also, look at the Event Agenda, as there will be many other sessions in all areas of the Data Platform world.

See you in Vienna!

24 Horas de PASS– Edição em Português

Olá pessoal,

Nos próximos dias 29 e 30 de Novembro teremos mais uma edição do 24 Horas de PASS – Edição em Português. O evento já é bastante conhecido da comunidade técnica Microsoft de Data Platform.

Como todos sabem o evento é 100% gratuito e online, então sem desculpas para não participar. Nessa edição terei o prazer de realizar uma apresentação sobre Power BI Report Server e falar um pouco mais sobre esse modelo de Power BI e como sua organização pode também obter. Então, segue abaixo os detalhes de minha apresentação. Read the rest of this entry